December 1st, 2020

krazy koati

Round and around like a horse on a carousel

Using my A to Z Archives: Xor leads off my mathematics blog this week. In cartoon-watching there's 60s Popeye: Time Marches Backwards, or Prehistoric Popeye done early for everyone who wanted to see Wimpy not eat a cow-dinosaur.

On to Saturday of our proper Halloweekend 2019 trip to Cedar Point. We picked Saturday as the better day to go away from the Point and to the Merry-Go-Round Museum, since the weather was really nice and we figured the park would be crowded. We had no idea.

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bunny_hugger playing the piano set outside the Merry-Go-Round Museum. Also, see how nice the weather was that she's not wearing a jacket or anything too heavy.


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``Don't talk to me, or to my me, ever again.'' One of the horses used for the Post Office's 1980s series of carousel stamps, along with a replica of the stamp.


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Some history-of-carousels posters in the front room of the Merry-Go-Round Museum.


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The poster talking about Le Grand Carousel, 1662.


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And some more carousel history, showing off how they could be hand-cranked mechanisms.


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Looking back at the entrance to the museum. I think the ticket window there came from Euclid Beach Park (Cleveland), but could be wrong; it might just be in the style of a ride ticket window.


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2019's carousel raffle horse. We did not win.


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Looking into the opened back of one of the band organs, to see the music scrolls loaded up and also the maker's labels.


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The Merry-Go-Round Museum's carousel, featuring one of the sea serpents that they carved themselves.


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Do you want to talk knowledgeably about the parts of a carousel? Here's a chart that would help you, if you were talking to someone who knew what a drop rod was.


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More of the animals on their carousel; here's a great-looking dog I don't remember from previous visits.


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And an adorable tiny rabbit figure, on the innermost row. Has a 60-pound weight limit, unfortunately.


Trivia: The 'Black Plan' for calendar reform builds up leap days until a full week can be added to December. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.

Currently Reading: I Gotta Go: The Commentary of Ian Shoales, Ian Shoales.